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There comes a time when the cocaine stops working--a time when the coke, the other drugs, and all
the madness becomes unbearable.

By then, you just can't stop, so you manage to score and somehow survive and keep on using because, although it's killing you, cocaine
has become the most important thing in your life. If you somehow, some way, get a break from it, get free for a moment with a little
clarity, you will know this could be your last chance. You must stop using now, and you are really scared. You want to stay away from
cocaine, but you don't know how.

If you want to be clean and sober, you can be. If you want what we have, you can have it. No matter how much cocaine you have used
or how low you have sunk, you can get away and stay away from cocaine, by doing what we have done. Thousands of recovering
cocaine addicts are living drug-free and owning their lives again, by actively using the tools of recovery in the program of Cocaine
Anonymous. These are some of the tools that work for us.

TOTAL ABSTINENCE

We who have lost control of our cocaine consumption must abstain from all mind-altering substances. Our experience is that our
addiction is invariably triggered by the use of alcohol or other drugs. Just don't drink or use, no matter what.

MEETINGS

This is where we meet other recovering addicts. What we failed to do alone we can do together. We share our experience, strength, and
hope at meetings. We also learn valuable information about our disease and how the program of Cocaine Anonymous works in our lives.
We suggest that you get a meeting directory and go to 90 meetings in 90 days.

LITERATURE

The books Alcoholics Anonymous (the "Big Book") and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (the "Twelve and Twelve") of Alcoholics
Anonymous are two of our most valuable tools of recovery. Cocaine Anonymous publishes numerous pieces of literature to further help
the recovering addict.

SPONSOR

A sponsor is a recovering addict with more sobriety and Program experience than yourself who will help you work the Steps. He or she
(same sex is recommended) should be someone you think you can communicate with. Begin looking for a sponsor immediately. You can
change sponsors if the relationship doesn't work.

THE TWELVE STEPS

Meetings may keep you sober for some time, but the Twelve Steps of Cocaine Anonymous are vital for a stable and happy recovery. The
Steps of Cocaine Anonymous are the means by which we move from the problem of drug addiction to the solution of recovery. We learn
about the Steps by reading the literature, by attending Step study meetings, and by working with a knowledgeable sponsor.

HIGHER POWER

We urge new members to explore whatever beliefs they may have in a Power greater than themselves. There are no religious
requirements or beliefs necessary for membership. Some of us either lost our spirituality before we came to C.A. or have never had any
spiritual beliefs. As we recovered, many of us experienced new or reawakened spiritual feelings. Be open-minded.

SERVICE

One of the keys to successful recovery is getting involved. Begin by getting and keeping commitments at meetings--make coffee; help
clean up; put away chairs. Help yourself by helping others.

TELEPHONE

The telephone is our lifeline between meetings. Get phone numbers from other C.A. members. We are usually shy about calling at first,
but we must find a way to do it. We suggest you call someone in the Program daily.

ONE DAY AT A TIME

The thought of making a pledge to never use again can be discouraging. We stay clean and sober one day at a time, and if necessary, one
hour or even one minute at a time.

PRAYER AND MEDITATION

We use these tools to establish and improve our conscious contact with God, as we understand Him. We have found the Serenity Prayer
to be very helpful:

                                                                                God,
                                              grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
                                                               courage to change the things I can,
                                                               and wisdom to know the difference.

Make your recovery your number one priority. All your hopes and plans, even your very survival, depend on a drug-free you. Staying
away from cocaine and all other mind-altering substances may be the greatest challenge you will ever face.

The early period can be tough, but that does not mean you are not getting better. Beware of thoughts like "I don't feel good," or "This is
not working." Recovery is a process, and it takes time.

We hope that by using these tools you will find the same joy and freedom we have found. Just remember to be patient and
keep coming back.

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